Recently, there has been several blogs and sites that have had articles written about what the gender of the authors are that write in specific genres. Some of the articles have been outright bullshit. That’s right folks, bullshit and steaming, moist, warm tons of it. One recent article claimed that only males can write science fiction. I call foul on this as there is no set of rules that I’m aware of that specifically state that only a male can write science fiction.
This comes on the heels of another article that stated that women can’t write horror. Where and who are these Neanderthals that are coming up with this shit? These are probably the same assholes that made statements about how the whole publishing industry was going to tank once all these ‘wannabe’ writers started self-publishing. Again, bullshit.
What difference does it make what the gender of the author is? I’ve read some outstanding books by female authors and I’ve read some truly awful shit by both male and female authors. The whole point is the quality of the work, not the gender of the person who wrote it.
Allow me to explain. Some full on half-wit actually said that women should stick to ‘chick lit’ meaning they shouldn’t venture into the big boy arena but stick to romance. The person who made that statement was probably born without a sphincter which would explain the excremental overload their brain must be suffering from. Does anyone know Nora Roberts? She’s a romance writer and a best selling novelist. She also writes under the pen name J.D. Robb and has produced some outstanding mystery/suspense novels, also best sellers.
The point of all this is that recently it was stated in the same article that women can’t or shouldn’t write science fiction, that a female author would insert way too much feeling and romantic sequences to the genre. That is, you guessed it, steaming, runny anal gravy being spewed forth by the gallon from the uninformed. Every single book out there has feelings in it. How does the plot or character evolve without feelings? And romance? Sure, there’s some romance. If its not some bad ass hero bumping and grinding the various females in the book, its the female lead riding the bologna pony of the various male characters. Who wouldn’t want some eroticism i.e., soft core porn with their action/suspense/mystery/horror? There has to be some kind of emotional attachment, read feelings, or the reader can’t relate to the plot or storyline. One way is through the character’s feelings. There shouldn’t be any issue with who wrote the book. The issue should be more on the quality of writing as stated previously. The issue is not what gender wrote the book, the issue how well they wrote it. There are male authors out there that have a hard time stringing more than two words together to form a coherent sentence. I’m sure there are female authors with the same problem. (I don’t have a lot of exposure to female authors so I can’t verify that.) But, does that mean we should automatically assume and assign specific genres based on gender?
If that’s what we’re going to do then lets all look at Mary Shelley. You don’t know Mary Shelley? She’s only the author who wrote Frankenstein, a horror and science fiction novel and you could even toss in romance to that book as well. Holy shit, she was a female in the 1800s. If its good enough for her, and she penned a classic that’s still being read, and published to this day, then its good enough for anyone who wants to write in whatever genre they so deem to.
Some of the fastest rising names in horror are women. Here is a short list of the some of the hottest female horror writers.
Mira Grant, author the Dead Flesh Trilogy
Jessica Meigs, author of the Becoming series
Rebecca Besser, author of Nurse Blood and The Undead Drive-Thru plus others
Eloise J. Knapp, author of the Undead Situation
Tonia Brown, author of Skin Trade and Badass Zombie Road Trip
Rhiannon Frater, author of The Last Bastion of the Living
Jesse Petersen, author of Married with Zombies